Second Annual Police vs. Firefighters Basketball Fundraiser scores for local school’s Let Me Run team

Police vs. Firefighters Basketball Fundraiser scores for local school’s Let Me Run team

Sugar Creek, MO — The Sugar Creek Police Department and Sugar Creek Fire Department will go head to head in the Guns & Hoses Basketball Showdown on March 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Abraham Mallinsonto raise funds for Mallinson Elementary School’s Let Me Run program. Donations will go directly toward sponsoring students who attend Abraham Mallinson Elementary School to participate in the Let Me Run program.

Let Me Run is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit running program for 4th through 8th grade boys. Let Me Run is a seven-week character building program for 4th-6th grade boys, led by trained coaches from your community. Each team meets after school, at your school, twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes. The boys exercise and participate in fun activities, which help them learn how to express themselves, reach personal goals, and improve their overall wellness. At the end of the program, the boys celebrate their hard work with a 5k road race.

Let Me Run coaches use running to guide the boys through lessons about wellness and well-being, like respect, positive competition, and nutrition. Our lesson plans, including “Real Men Show their Feelings, Everyday Heroes, and Getting to Know You,” connect boys sole to soul by encouraging full expression of their individual feelings. Plus, the coaches instruct boys on proper running form and correct stretching techniques.

Society has developed a “boy code” in which boys are expected to act and be a certain way, which restricts who they are as individuals. Dr. William Pollack, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard University and an advisor to Let Me Run, authored Real Boys, in which he describes how, as a result of the “boy code,” boys “develop a ‘mask of masculinity’ to hide their shame, vulnerability and other feelings they cannot express publicly. The inability to show true emotions hardens a boy until he loses touch with them.” According to Pollack, this lack of emotional expression can lead to stress, sickness, disease, addiction and violence; however, nurturing emotional expression can have a positive effect.

Envisioning a society free from the boy code, Let Me Run prepares boys for the long run. If you give boys the opportunity to be themselves, they will run with it!

To create lasting change for all boys and broaden the program’s reach, Let Me Run supporters are critical. Show your support for Let Me Run at the Battle of the Badges and learn more about the program at letmerun.org.

•Sugar Creek Police Department & Sugar Creek Fire Department •Battle of the Badges Basketball Showdown Fundraising Event •March 3, 2017 6:00 p.m. •Benefiting Mallinson Elementary School’s Let Me Run Program •$5 for adults 16 & up; $2 for children 4 – 15; FREE for children 3 & under

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